Golden girls tour parly

2016-11-03 06:01
 The Gogos from the AME Church who were taken a tour of Parliament.

The Gogos from the AME Church who were taken a tour of Parliament.

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Elderly women from various communities were a bit spoiled and pampered last week.

They went on a tour of Parliament and most have never been there before.

The event was organised by the Nyanga East based African Methodist Episcopal Church(AME) because most of them spend most of their time looking after the offspring of their children, thus missing out on social activities.

Some were so excited to be in a place where the late Nelson Mandela had also been it was written all over their faces.

Lydia Masoleng from Khayelitsha said it was a memorable day for her and others.

“They explained things that I didn’t know about our parliament. For instance, the sitting of the various parties, from the smallest, to the biggest. Now I know, how parliament works.

She said being a member of the AME Church had its own benefits.

“As older persons, it is always nice to be taken out, away from our dreary existence.”

Lulama Depha said she enjoyed the company of other elderly people, especially as it gave them the chance to talk about their daily challenges.

“I am grateful to the church for doing this.”

Jennifer Kibido, one of the younger in the group, said the tour was an eye opener for her.

“It never occurred to me that in the past, only Whites were allowed ion parliament,” she said.

“It also was great to hear the story of Dimitri Tsafendas, the one who murdered the Prime Minister of South Africa Hendrik Verwoed. I used to hear people talking about it, now I know what had happened,” she says.

For Lulama Potwana, to share the same space as has Mandela, was a dream of a lifetime come true.

Nofungile Sizila was quick to remind those in attendance that, as elderly persons, they had also fought to free the country.

Sizila said the fights emanating from parliament were a disturbing factor.

Opposition parties the EFF and the DA have, on occasions, been at the ruling ANC’s throat, much to the chagrin of the conservatives in society, while others view such acts as democracy at work.

Sylvia Ntuthu from Gugulethu said she was very happy to see where Julius Malema sat in parliament, on the left side of the house.

After the tour, the women attended a church service, which was conducted by a woman preacher.

Nobom Sonto, said the church theme: “Let them be safe and loved’’, played right into their hearts, and made them felt worthwhile as members of society.

“We call them ‘Golden Girls’ because they have contributed so much in the society and their contributions seem to have been forgotten.

They are seldom seen(outside of the confines), which makes them forgotten. Also they don’t have space. They deserve more.”

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